The Penguins and New York Islanders are separated by 19 points -- and eight spots -- in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Penguins would like to claim home-ice advantage for four rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs; the Islanders simply are hoping for the opportunity to compete in one.

But despite all that, and, even though the Penguins have won three in a row against the Islanders, they aren't likely to take New York lightly when the teams meet at 1:08 p.m. today at Consol Energy Center.

For, while the Islanders haven't taken many points from the Penguins this season, they have made a decidedly positive impression on them.

Friday, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma detailed how the Islanders have outplayed the Penguins at numerous times this season, and described them as "a skilled team, a desperate team and a team that's maybe overlooked a little bit, but shouldn't be."